Breaking Dawn Premiere Preview
Ahead of the UK premiere for Breaking Dawn (which is literally just about to kick off) we thought we’d re-cap on the Twilight Saga and make some predictions on the latest instalment.
It all started with Twilight – a story based around Edward, a vampire, and Bella, a teenage girl. Bella relocates to live with her dad in a tiny town called Forks and, after attending the local high school, meets Edward Cullen – a seemingly arrogant and miserable soul. Bella discovers that Edward is in fact a vampire who desperately lusts after her blood. Cue hours of teen-angst, sexual tension and blood-sucking fight scenes.
Based on Stephenie Meyers book series, the story was brought to the screen in 2008 – and no one could have predicted its success. Three years after the original release the world is now full of ‘Twihards’ who are obsessed with the central love stories of Bella, Edward and werewolf ‘third wheel’ Jacob.
New Moon, the second in the series, created some on screen surprises and was a definite departure from the first movie. The original dark and amateur feel of Twilight was gone and replaced by CGI, Hollywood looking actors and intricate fight scenes. It was, of course, a sign of Twilight’s success. Budgets went up and the leading actors were thrown into the media spotlight (can you remember a world without R Patz and K Stew? Exactly).
But what we felt was so interesting about the original Catherine Hardwicke version was the simplicity. Bella was a clumsy plain Jane, just how she was meant to be. Now Kristen Stewart looks ultra glam on screen as Bella Swan and we can’t help but feel she, along with the vampire crew, have been ‘hollywooded’ a bit too much.
Eclipse, the third movie, was released in 2010 and seemed to have an even bigger budget although it fused together the story well. The love triangle between Bella, Edward and Jacob was explored perfectly and had us all wanting to take another bite out of the popular franchise.
Now we’re finally here. Part one of the final instalment is set to hit cinemas all over the UK this weekend and Twilight fever is undoubtedly all around. But with so many surprises in the previous offerings, just what will Breaking Dawn bring? How will they tackle the wedding scene? What about the honeymoon? And how about that vampire caesarean? One thing’s for sure – we can’t wait to sink our teeth into it.